Yep, it’s National Lame Duck day. Just to educate myself on where this term came from I did a little looking. Here is what I found.
The term “lame duck” originated as a description of stockbrokers in 1700s England who could not pay off their debts. The name later carried over to those in business who, while known to be bankrupt, would continue to do business.
In politics a lame duck is a person currently holding a political office who has either:
- lost a re-election bid
- chosen not to seek another term
- been prevented from running for re-election due to a term limit
- holds a position that has been eliminated
Prior to the ratification of the 20th Amendment to the United States Constitution, there was for Congress a 13-month delay between election day and the day the newly elected officials took office. In the case of a lame duck, this was a 13 month notice his or her job was terminating crippling their influence. Hence the ‘lame’ or injured duck.
With that in mind, Buffalo Springfield came to mind this morning and I think they had it right, more for today than even back then.
There’s something happening here
What it is ain’t exactly clear
There’s a man with a gun over there
Telling me I got to beware I think it’s time we stop, children, what’s that sound
Everybody look what’s going down There’s battle lines being drawn
Nobody’s right if everybody’s wrong
Young people speaking their minds
Getting so much resistance from behindIt’s time we stop, hey, what’s that sound
Everybody look what’s going downWhat a field-day for the heat
A thousand people in the street
Singing songs and carrying signs
Mostly say, hooray for our sideIt’s s time we stop, hey, what’s that sound
Everybody look what’s going downParanoia strikes deep
Into your life it will creep
It starts when you’re always afraid
You step out of line, the man come and take you awayWe better stop, hey, what’s that sound
Everybody look what’s going down